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mizradane | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:22 AM via web

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How is the unit of family projected in Great Expectations?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 19, 2012 at 1:01 AM (Answer #2)

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Orphaned himself by the sentencing of his father to debtors' prison, Charles Dickens became a strong advocate for the orphan.  Pip, Biddy, Magwitch, and Estella are all orphans and suffer from not having loving parents.  Their insecurities and Pip's and Estella's misjudgments as adults stem from their dysfunctional home situations. Of course, Magwitch's tragic life is a result of his being a gamin as a child who had to learn to survive by any means necessary.

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